Friday, October 21, 2011

The Mighty Macs Movie Review

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     Lately I have been pleasantly surprised by the many family friendly movies popping into local theaters and  The Mighty Macs is no exception.  I know as a mom of teenage boys I often struggle with finding movie content that I feel comfortable with them viewing. Recently we went to the theater to see a movie and one of the previews was for the movie The Mighty Macs that starts today in theaters. I knew the minute I saw the preview that I wanted to see it with my family. I was so excited when I was offered the opportunity to preview it right in the comfort of our own home online.
     So this week during school we watched the movie and let me tell you I was not disappointed in the least. The boys were a little skeptical at first as the movie, which is a true story centers the plot around a Catholic Girls College Basketball team. They however were quickly immersed into the storyline and did not give it another thought. I too became glued to our TV watching the movie.  Not one of us moved throughout the entire movie. My 91 yr old Grandma equally enjoyed the movie. So needless to say we had a wide age range of thoughts and opinions to work with when the movie ended.

  I find it refreshing to watch movies that overcome adversity and this film was just that. The movie tells the story of a girls Catholic College Basketball team from a struggling all girls school,Immaculata College (now University and convent that is just barely keeping the doors open. The girls are meant to play basketball merely as a form of exercise never intending to be a real team that plays to win. The new coach that is hired thinks otherwise and she teaches the girls all they need to know about Basketball and themselves and how they are all capable or dreaming and making their dreams come true. I especially like the end of True Movies when they update you on where those who were depicted in the movie ended up going with their lives.

  Here is the synopsis of the movie and you can go here for a trailer of the movie. You can also check out the movie page on facebook or twitter.


It's 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time ... and she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women's basketball.

In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women's Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College.

Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she's willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals—or perhaps she's just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them.

From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymnasium on campus, she receives little support from the school's Mother Superior, and the school is in dire financial straits. To top it off, she may not even have enough players to field a team!

While it appears the Macs don't have a prayer, all hope is not lost. With the help of Sister Sunday—a spunky assistant coach—and the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Coach Rush creates a new game plan that just might bring the team—and the school—together.

Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? One thing's for certain: there's never been anyone like Cathy Rush at Immaculata!

 Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to preview this movie from Propeller and was not compensated in any way and the ability to preview the movie did not affect the outcome of my review or my personal opinions.

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Our Side of the Mountain said...

Hi! Totally OT, but I passed the Versatile Blogger Award to you and your blog. If you would like to see the nomination, it's on my blog!